TRANSIT took note of some more very interesting news from down south, in which the Menteri Besar of Johor Abdul Ghani Othman announced that he had given approval to Metropolitan Commuter Network Sdn. Bhd. to construct a commuter rail network for south Johor (the Iskandar Development Region and Johor Baru).
The “proposal” for the rail network was announced earlier this year and mentioned by TRANSIT here. But if you read our post, we clearly stated our expectation that the project be put out to an open and transparent tender.
It appears that this is not the case, and the contract has been awarded directly to Metropolitan Commuter Network, a joint-venture of KUB Malaysia and Masteel.
- Johor MB approves Mastel-KUB RM1.23b intra-city commuter train service plan (The Edge, 16 April 2011);
- Johor govt approves RM1.23b intra-city train project (Business Times, 16 April 2011
Such interesting news from down in Johor!
Let’s just say that we are a bit concerned about the suddenness of the announcement and the approval – especially coming so soon after the announcement of a 500km ‘MRT’ for Iskandar-Johor.
We will reserve comment for now and just post the articles so you can read them yourself.